To coincide with his solo exhibition at WIELS, 'Sorted, Resorted' (until 5.01.2020), Brussels-based Mexican artist Gabriel Kuri will discuss his practice and his approach to materials.
Gabriel Kuri creates sculptures that embody questions of value, arresting usually intangible flows of information in witty and engaging forms. His practice is strikingly material and his exhibition at WIELS adopts material as its organizing principle, sorting his works into four categories: paper, plastic, metal, and construction materials.
His exhibition at WIELS – his first institutional solo show in Brussels, where he has lived for the past 16 years – highlights the hybrid nature of his playful work. It comprises over 60 works, including new pieces produced for the occasion, revealing both the diversity of Kuri’s formal approach and the consistency of his underlying themes: notions of commercial and cultural value, consumerism, as well as material and its poetic (mis)use.
Gabriel Kuri joined Gabriel Orozco’s workshop Taller de los viernes from 1987 to 1991. In 1992, he received his BA in Visual Arts at Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas (UNAM) in Mexico City. In 1995 he completed his MFA at Goldsmiths University of London. In 2011, he was selected for an Artist Commission at The Armory Show and shortlisted for the BelgianArtPrize 2019.
- KASK lectures in co-operation with Curatorial Studies, Fine Arts - Sculpture, WIELS
- Louis Pasteurlaan 2, 9000 Gent, free